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City analysts have accused Orange and T-Mobile of “dithering” after they axed plans for a £10 billion flotation of EE.

Vodafone arm targets 'network of networks'

Vodafone is set to muscle in on BT and IBM's turf after setting up a division to target the lucrative contracts on offer around the Government's new plan to set up a "network of networks".

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Taking care of business: Meet the bomb-disposal experts

Theirs is the most dangerous profession in the world: every time they go to work, there is a good chance of being killed. Yet there's no job they'd rather do.

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Japanese operator plays down nuclear plant fears

A Japanese utility operator has denied any problematic nuclear reactions at a tsunami-hit power plant, saying a radioactive gas in one of the damaged reactors came from spontaneous fission that occurs in any idle reactor.

Labour drops support for Heathrow runway

Labour will abandon its previous support for building a third runway at Heathrow airport.

Barbie meets Bob as Mattel seals $680m deal

Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine have made new friends with Barbie after Mattel, the world's biggest toy-maker, acquired Hit Entertainment for $680m (£427m) in cash.

World's oldest nuclear plant to close down

The oldest civilian nuclear reactor in the world will stop generating electricity next February after 44 years because it would not be economically viable to continue, it was announced yesterday.

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Nuclear power station to be decommissioned

A nuclear power station will stop generating electricity next February after 44 years because it would not be economically viable to continue after that time, it was announced today.

Dark Matter, By Michelle Paver

The popular children's writer has turned her hand to spooking adults with a polar ghost story. Pre-war London is a gloomy place to be and 28-year-old Jack Miller is poor, lonely and desperate to escape his rented room in Tooting.

Spirit's Dyson to leave on a profits high

Ian Dyson, the chief executive of the Spirit Pub Company, yesterday vigorously defended his decision to demerge Punch Taverns in the summer as he annouced he would step down at its annual meeting in December.

Mobile operators fight for lifeblood of smartphones

The launch of 4G mobile internet and broadband in the UK will be delayed by the regulator postponing a £3bn auction of licences. Nick Clark reports

David Prosser: Tesco takes action to address loss of share

Outlook If in doubt launch a "price war". That has been the tactic in the supermarket sector for as long as anyone can remember. Yet most price wars are in name alone: mark-downs on prominent products are paid for by mark-ups in another aisle.

Doubt as Verizon avoids pay promise

Verizon's failure to commit to recurring annual dividends at its joint venture with Vodafone was written off yesterday as "bluster".

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